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Revamped park to host Rossendale music fest
YOUNG performers in Rossendale will take centre stage as part of a one-day music festival in a revamped park.
For the past 20 weeks musicians at the White Horse Project, in Waterfoot, have been practising for The Fest, which will take place in Edgeside Park on July 14.
Work has been ongoing, via the Friends of Edgeside Park and the district’s residents’ association, to breathe new life into the parkland retreat.
And it is hoped the gathering next month will showcase the talents, and surroundings, in their best light.
Last year £27,000 was secured by the project, based at The Boilerhouse, at Dale Mill, Burnley Road East, from Youth Music’s Power Play programme for a series of musical workshops.
And since then, an average of 15 youngsters per week have turned up to try their hand at singing, drumming, guitar and keyboard work, and production skills.
The Rev Rod Bevan, who has been involved with the project since it began, said: “It has encouraged a number of young people who have had no previous experience.”
The project, which offers a range of other musical opportunities and activities, was given an additional two-year lease in January.
Earlier this year a new play area was unveiled at Edgeside Park and, on Sunday, July 15, local churches have arranged a family fun day in the park.
The fun day will feature the Horse and Bamboo Theatre, in Waterfoot, games, and open-air worship.
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